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ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti believes Jorge Sampaoli will employ his experience and make Argentina a force at Russia 2018. Jorge Sampaoli puts his life goal into perspective after naming his Argentina squad for a pair of November friendlies. Matias Kranevitter, Diego Perotti and Sergio Aguero were the surprise choices by Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli for
Max Bretos and Herculez Gomez evaluate Lionel Messi’s impact on Argentina’s qualification for the World Cup. Jorge Sampaoli says he gets emotional coaching Lionel Messi, whom he calls the best player in history. The FC crew debate how much a World Cup should factor into Lionel Messi’s standing among the greatest players of all time.
Mark Ogden reports from Lisbon as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi face a defining night in their international careers. Alejandro Moreno explains why Argentina could find it difficult to get the result they need at Ecuador. Craig Burley and Alexis Nunes go toe-to-toe in predictor ahead of the final round of CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.
The top five teams in Shaka’s power rankings stay the same, but there is plenty of movement in the bottom half. Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has told Sport that ex-teammate Lionel Messi gets “pissed off” when he is not involved in a game. Xavi knows Messi well, having played alongside him in a Barcelona
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was involved in a car crash in Amsterdam on Thursday evening following a concert. Mark Ogden provides an update after the news emerged that Sergio Aguero was involved in a car crash in Amsterdam. Manchester City have confirmed that Sergio Aguero will return to England to be assessed by club
Currently fifth in CONMEBOL, Craig Burley still sees Argentina making it to Russia 2018, albeit in tense fashion. Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has put his faith in youth again as he tries to salvage the nation’s place in next year’s World Cup in Russia. Sampaoli included Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi in the squad on
Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson preview next month’s World Cup qualifying playoff between Syria and Australia. Just over a week after guiding Saudi Arabia to a fifth World Cup, Bert van Marwijk has been replaced as head coach by Edgardo Bauza. In a shock move, Argentina’s Bauza leaves his post in charge of United Arab
The FC panel discuss the implications of Argentina and Uruguay’s WCQ game, and its implications both on and off the field. France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris discusses the team’s mentality ahead of their crucial WCQ against the Netherlands. Attacker Anthony Nwakaeme says he deserves the call-up to Nigeria for their crunch World Cup Qualifiers vs. Cameroon.
Argentina stars Juan Sebastian Veron and Carlos Tevez were among the names on the hackers’ list. Carlos Tevez, Juan Sebastian Veron and Dirk Kuyt have been named by hackers Fancy Bears as three of the players permitted to use otherwise-banned medicines during the 2010 World Cup. Tevez and Veron are two of five Argentina players
Argentine president Mauricio Macri and Uruguayan president Tabare Vazquez will stage an event on Aug. 30 to launch their bid for the 2030 World Cup. It is about to be made official. Next week, Uruguay and Argentina will announce their wish to host the 2030 World Cup and thus celebrate the centenary of the tournament.
Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli says the only player guaranteed to start for the national team is Lionel Messi. Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain has been left off the Argentina squad as Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero made his return for upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Coach Jorge Sampaoli omitted Higuain in his 23-man squad, which will face
ESPN’s Bob Ley speaks with U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati about the decision to make a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup. Herculez Gomez shares his thoughts on how the United States would factor into a three-nation World Cup bid. BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina and Uruguay are going ahead with plans to make
Former Barcelona greats Carles Puyol, Xavi, Cesc Fabregas and others have all arrived in Argentina for Lionel Messi’s wedding. It would appear that the summer of the Lionel Messi mural is most definitely upon us, with not one, not two, but three portraits of the Barcelona star cropping up over the course of the past
Sid Lowe reflects on Lionel Messi’s legendary career now that the Argentine has hit age 30. In honour of Lionel Messi’s 30th birthday, the FC crew debate his place among the all-time great footballers. In honour of Lionel Messi’s 30th birthday, take a look at what he’s accomplished so far and what he has left
Ernesto Valverde says he’s heard nothing but confidence that Lionel Messi and Barcelona will agree on a new contract. Lionel Messi ranks third on ESPN’s World Fame 100 rankings, but which footballer tops the list? A theme park carrying Barcelona star Lionel Messi’s name is to launch in China, it has been confirmed. The Messi